Astra’s 2012 concert season continues with a large choral program in one of Melbourne’s grandest acoustic spaces at the Carlton Sacred Heart Church. Solo trumpet, trombone and organ join the Astra Choir and vocal soloists in a rich blend of unusual early music and recent works for voices and instruments.
A graphic German Passion setting from the Thirty Years War period – the final work of its composer Christoph Demantius – forms the background to two world premieres of significant works from the end of the 20th century: – the unperformed final work of the late Australian composer Keith Humble, Trio 5 for trumpet, trombone and organ, is given its first performance 17 years after the composer’s death. The performance also marks the forthcoming publication of the score, edited by Kim Bastin in the Astra Publications series. It is given by three of Australia’s outstanding contemporary exponents of trumpet, trombone and organ.
– Lux aeterna, Concerto for mezzo-soprano and choir by leading Romanian composer Dan Dediu receives its world premiere as a complete work. This setting of the famous words from the Requiem liturgy was written when Romania’s violent revolution against dictatorship was still a recent memory. Dediu’s highly original choral style blends contemporary musical language with elements of east European chant and folk traditions. The distinguished Australian singer Elizabeth Campbell comes from Adelaide to perform the central role of this ‘concerto for mezzosoprano and choir’.
The concert also marks the 500th anniversary of Clemens non Papa, a great and under-appreciated Renaissance figure. Some further modern musical threads are woven into the program, vocal and solo trumpet works of three important refugee composers from 1930s Germany – Hanns Eisler, Paul Dessau and Stefan Wolpe – and also Charles Ives’ remarkable musical vision of William Booth’s final arrival in heaven with a band of the poor and dispossessed.
Featured non-Australian music: Works by Christoph Demantius, Dan Dediu, Clemens non Papa, Charles Ives, Paul Dessau, Hanns Eisler & Stefan Wolpe
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9326 5424
Featured Australian Works
|Trio No. 5 (trios: brass, keyboard) by Keith Humble — World premiere|
— performed by Rhys Boak, Robert Collins and Tristram Williams
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